Government of Canada awards contract under the Oceans Protection Plan to increase emergency offshore towing capability off British Columbia coast

August 10, 2018

August 9, 2018 – Gatineau (Quebec) – Public Services and Procurement Canada Through the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is working to achieve a world-leading marine safety system that protects Canada’s waters and coasts today and into the future. An important part of this Plan is ensuring the Canadian Coast Guard has the equipment it needs to prevent potential marine pollution incidents. Following an open and competitive process,…

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Deal was fully automated, and super expensive

July 10, 2018

Rolls-Royce signs agreement to sell Commercial Marine business to Kongsberg Rolls-Royce announced today that it has signed an agreement to sell its Commercial Marine business to KONGSBERG for an enterprise value of £500m. KONGSBERG is an international, knowledge-based group delivering high technology systems and solutions to clients within the oil and gas industry, merchant marine, defence and aerospace sectors. KONGSBERG is represented in more than 25 countries with approximately 7,000 employees….

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It’s a good news bad news thing

June 26, 2018

For nearly 20 years now, Canada, and many jurisdictions, have steadily migrated to a Safety Management System, where cash strapped government essentially downloaded responsibility of enforcing safety regulations onto industry itself. Companies love it because, well, safety glasses, cliché slogans, and dubious reporting present fewer impediments to their cash flows, than knowledgeable safety inspectors working on behalf of the common good – the government and the citizen they represent. Occasionally,…

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Random drug testing for seafarers in Canada

June 23, 2018

Browsing the Canada Merchant Service Guild (the Guild) website the other day, I ran across a very interesting paper, it was an arbitration decision, ruling in favour of the Guild and against west-coast tug and barge operator, Seaspan, over it’s random drug testing policies. I completely despise these “CYA”, big brothers, top down attitudes, which these drug policy initiatives seem to be born from. Controlling and punitive motives are probably…

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Day of the Seafarer (DotS), June 25, 2018

June 10, 2018

This year, once again, 25 June will mark the annual Day of the Seafarer (DotS). Seafarers wellbeing ​2017 and 2018 have seen strong momentum in the industry to address seafarer’s wellbeing, particularly their mental health. To give further exposure to this important issue, our choice for the 2018 Day of the Seafarer theme is “seafarers’ wellbeing”. By addressing the issue of seafarers’ wellbeing and particularly mental health, this campaign can…

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New leadership at USCG

June 9, 2018

Adm. Paul F. Zukunft was relieved as commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard by Adm. Karl Schultz during a military change-of-command ceremony held Friday at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters. Zukunft also retired from the Coast Guard after 41 years of service to the nation as part of the same ceremony and received the Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal from President Donald J. Trump. “Truly, Mr. President, you honor the men and…

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Piracy and Sea Robbery Situation in Asia in May 2018

June 9, 2018

A total of eight incidents of armed robbery against ships—comprising six actual incidents and two attempted incidents—were reported in Asia in May 2018 Compared to April 2018, the number of incidents reported in May 2018 has remained fairly consistent Of the eight incidents reported in May 2018, two incidents occurred on board ships while underway and six incidents on board ship at anchor Of the six actual incidents reported in…

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Seat Belts Please : TCMS is on the move

May 26, 2018

Big changes to the Marine Engineering certification process in Canada are underway to bring it inline with the Manila Amendments of the SCTW code. STCW2010 as it is called, came into force January 2012, however Transport Canada and its Transport Canada Marine Safety (TCMS) division, the federal regulator responsible for certifying seafarers in Canada, has yet to produce supporting regulations. They were required to be issued two years after agreeing…

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